The India-bound Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid model will feature a 1.6-litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol engine coupled with a 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery
Upon its launch in India, the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid will take on the Toyota Prius.
The Government of India’s schemes like FAME and NEMMP have surely encouraged carmakers to bring in alternative fuel-run vehicles, and as result we are seeing a slow yet steady growth in hybrid and electric vehicle segments. These vehicles attract lower excise duty besides other incentives being offered to promote ‘green’ vehicles.
While carmakers like Maruti Suzuki and Mahindra have products with mild-hybrid systems, Toyota & BMW are selling proper hybrid vehicles in India. Soon, Volkswagen will bring in its first hybrid car – Passat GTE. And If a new report is to be trusted, Hyundai is also contemplating the launch of Ioniq hybrid in India. Though the report doesn’t talk about its exact launch timeline, we don’t think it will come anytime before 2017 end. Upon its launch in India, the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid will take on the Toyota Prius.
The company says that “Hyundai designers concentrated on its future-focused character, fundamental to its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize aerodynamic body lines and surface volumes.”
Based on the latest fluidic design philosophy, the Ioniq’s hatchback-like profile along with various other smart efficiency solutions help in offering a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.24. Some standout design elements are hexagonal grille, vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights, low-beam LED headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Similar to the exterior, the vehicle’s interior too looks futuristic. Based on ‘Purified High-tech’ design concept, the Ioniq hybrid’s cabin has an all-black dashboard with several control buttons for hassle-free operations. The company claims that the interior materials have been chosen with an ‘ecologically-sensitive focus’ to give the interior sleek and purified feel.
Chrome touches on AC vents, door handles, dashboard and steering wheel complements the all-black layout of the cabin. The vehicle’s flat-bottom steering wheel with control buttons over it too looks quite attractive.
The Hyunai Ioniq is the first vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified engines on a single, dedicated vehicle platform. It’s available in regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models in international markets, which target a wide range of buyers. In India, the Ioniq plug-in hybrid model will get a 1.6-litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol engine coupled with a 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery. The combined power output of the battery and the gasoline unit is about 165bhp . The lithium-ion polymer battery alone churns out 60bhp and offers an all-electric range of 50Kms. With such power figures, the Ioniq will be a lot more powerful vehicle than the Toyota Prius.
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
– Wireless charging of smartphones
– 7-inch TFT instrument cluster displays
– Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
– Lane Departure Warning,
– Blind Spot Detection
– Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
– Smart Cruise Control
Since the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid is still under consideration, it will be launched towards the end of 2017. Though the company hasn’t made any official statement on this as of now.
Since the vehicle will come as completely built up (CBU) unit, we expect it to be priced between Rs 35 lakh – Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price, it will be a direct rival to Toyota Prius.
Source – ACI